Since its inception in 2002, the System Approach for Safety Oversight (SASO) Program Office (PO) has worked to develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated system safety approach to the oversight of all aviation entities. The Safety Assurance System (SAS) a SASO product, is designed to create a single oversight tool for Flight Standards (FS) where all work can be planned, tracked, and resourced based on the principles of data supported Risk Based Decision Making (RBDM) and Risk Based Resource Targeting (RBRT). The RBRT process employs a standardized, data supported, risk based methodology to assist in establishing work priorities and allocating resources. The objective of SAS is to transform FS and the aviation industry to a national standard of system safety based on SMS principles.
This work is in alignment with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Safety and Recommended Practices (SARPs) regarding implementing a System Safety approach for civil aviation authorities in its member states. As FS continually upgrades and expands SAS, it continues to support ICAO’s SARPs.